Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve: Click.Tick.Thump. Love It!

Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin

I'm glad to be at this stage.  The pain and discomfort is subsiding and I'm now walking 30 mins a day. I go for pre assessment for rehab next week.  I'm concerned that my heart rate is over 100.  Before the op it was around 60.  I hope it will settle in time.  I'm at the Warfarin clinic twice a week as my INR is not yet in therapeutic range.  Still getting used to the thump click of the St Jude mechanical heart valve replacement for my mitral valve.  Very disconcerting when you hear it loudly then it seems to disappear for a while! Does this happen to others?


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Comment by Martina on September 28, 2012 at 18:51

Hi Janet

Great  to hear from you and know you are doing well. My heart rate was also over 100 3 weeks post Op (Aortic valve MHV) between 100 to 110 for another approx 1.5months then down to 90 now 5.5 months post Op it is approx 85 - before the Op it was approx 75. I'm sure it will reduce with time.

Best regards


Comment by Dave Millard on September 26, 2012 at 11:09

Hi Janet,

I am a couple of months post op and I have the same. At times I hear/feel nothing and then I get the loud thumping. It seems posture and rate/depth of breathing have a great influence as to what you hear/feel. From what I understand those with earlier type valves don't have the quiet bit, perhaps we should consider ourselves fortunate.


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